The Fourth of July is waiting for us at the end of this week. And while holidays like this can leave us feeling warm and fuzzy, they are often so swallowed up in commercialism and fake, manufactured sentiments, that ‘we the people’ completely forget the sacrifices, principles and ideals that made Independence Day significant in the first place.
Now before you start scrolling down to leave a comment about how corrupt the Founding Fathers were, let me just save you the trouble. I know. The founders of this nation were not perfect. Democracy is not perfect (nor does it really exist in America anymore). But the intentions were right on. A country where people could live, love, worship (or not), work and die in the manner of their own choosing, without interference from the government, or anyone else for that matter. While this kind of independence might not really exist in America anymore, I’m pretty sure that most people will agree that this is still one of the most free places in the world to live.
But this weekend, while we Americans sit back and blow up hundreds of dollars of fireworks without batting an eye, I won’t be able to help but think about the millions upon millions of people in the world who don’t enjoy these freedoms, and might not ever be able to.
So this 4th of July, let’s pledge to do something different. Let’s really celebrate independence by remembering the way our actions help keep people in another country from enjoying the same basic freedoms we have.
I challenge you to boycott ‘Made in China’ products…clothes, dishes, toys, lawn furniture, electronics and yes, even fireworks. See how many things you can’t turn on, listen to or use when all of the Chinese made products in your home are off limits, and then think about what you are supporting by purchasing these things.
Here are some reasons why you should declare your independence from ‘Made in China’…
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